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UP Asian Center Hosts Roundtable on Philippines-Australia Security Relations

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Photo: William Tow (L) and Richard Rodgers (R). UP Asian Center Information Office


A roundtable, “Philippines-Australia Security Relations: Emerging Challenges and Prospects in the New Terrain” was held on 1 February 2017 at the Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, UP Asian Center, Quezon City, Philippines. Scholars and government officials from both the Philippines and Australia gave brief presentations during the roundtable:

Australia-Philippines Relations in the Trump Era
William Tow, Australia National University

Security Cooperation Between Canberra and Manila
Richard Rodgers, Embassy of Australia in Manila

Australia, ASEAN and Middle Power Diplomacy in the South China Sea
Julio Amador, Foreign Service Institute, Philippines

During the free discussion, the participants discussed game-changing conditions that have emerged in domestic political affairs, and possible scenarios that can manage these surprises; the Trump administration; leadership in relation to state interests, in particular the Duterte presidency and EDCA; and the role of Track 2 in these recent and future developments.

In attendance from the UP Asian Center were Professor Aileen Baviera and Dean Joefe B. Santarita. Moderated by Herman Joseph Kraft of the UP Department of Political Science, the roundtable was organized by the UP Asian Center in partnership with the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, College of Law and and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, both in the University of the Philippines Diliman. 


The Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. View recent and upcoming Lectures & Conferences and read other News & Announcements. Join our mailing list to receive invitations to lectures, conferences, etc.   

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